We’ve all heard about how hard it is to get into the US bass fishing industry, especially after a couple of years of the economic downturn.
However, the bass industry in the UK has been a long time coming.
As the industry grew in the 1970s and 1980s, the UK’s demand for bass soared.
In fact, the country was able to produce a record number of tonnes of bass in the 1980s and 1990s thanks to the introduction of the Angler Rule.
The Angler rule banned the use of bait-and-tackle in the United Kingdom.
That meant there was no incentive for fishing on the ocean.
So, as the Angling Institute of England’s (IKEA) Dr Brian Leakey told FourFourtwo, “it was an opportunity for us to catch up with the rest of the world”.
The Angler Rules came into force in 1987 and by the mid-1990s the UK was producing almost as many tonnes of Bass as France.
There were some challenges to catching the vast majority of the Bass that Britain was able, though.
For starters, fishing was a relatively expensive affair.
While most of the industry was geared towards the fishing industry in Britain, a few small firms had set up shops in the north of England.
They were selling fishing gear, and in many cases it was not as good as what they were selling in France.
For example, some of the most successful fishing gear makers were based in the Midlands, with fish stocks being stocked by the Midlands fishmongers.
However, by the late 1990s, many of the smaller fishmen and women were retiring, or were starting to leave the industry.
So while fishing in the south had been good for the UK, fishing in northern England had been more challenging.
Despite the difficulties, the industry continued to grow.
By 2003, the fishing quotas in Britain had been set at 1.5 tonnes per hectare, which is more than the amount of Bass that was being produced.
But that did not mean that the industry could continue.
Around the time of the 2003 election, the then-Conservative government decided to cap the size of the quotas, meaning that the UK could no longer grow the number of bass that it was producing.
This decision led to the closure of the large fishman’s business in London.
After the Anglers Rules came in, the Anglinas fishing industry went from being a niche activity in the city to one that was big enough to compete in the wider fishing market.
It was a major hit for the Anglian industry.
At the time, the government claimed that the Anglins fishing industry had doubled in size over the past five years, and that they were now a key player in the fish market in the northern regions of England and Wales.
And yet, despite the Anglings success, it was still hard to get in.
IKEAP’s John Leake, who was the first UK Angler to be appointed by the Angles to work for the company, was not so sure.
“It’s been a challenge.
You can’t get in, especially if you’re from the Midlands,” he told FourThree.
“If you’re working in the North of England, you’ve probably got a good chance of getting in.
If you’re fishing in Cornwall, you’ll probably not.”
“But if you have a family, you’re probably better off getting into the south.”
Leake’s experience is echoed by many other anglers.
A new wave of anglers was joining the Angls in the mid 2000s.
Some of them were coming from the north-west, while others were from the south-east.
These anglers were keen to have a go at some of Britain’s biggest and best-known fish, such as the great white shark.
Leaked pictures revealed that the British Anglers had taken on fish like Great White Shark (GWS) on occasion.
GWS are highly endangered in the wild.
They are also known to be extremely aggressive, and are considered a threat to other species of fish.
They can grow up to 5m long and weigh up to 30 tonnes.
Anglers would not be the only ones trying to catch a GWS.
In 2005, a group of angler from the UK were filmed swimming in the waters of the Isle of Wight.
During the filming, one angler said he had seen a GHS kill a Great White shark.
“I thought it was a bit funny because they look like they’re going for the throat, but they didn’t actually do that,” he said.
John Leake agrees that the angling industry is not in a good place.
He told Four Three: “There are many anglers from the Anglands, and from the North Sea, who are looking to get their foot in the door in the Ang